The Medical Center of Aurora recognized for excellence with ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification

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Second hospital in U.S. to achieve TAVR certification

HCA Healthcare/Health ONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced the achievement of Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College (ACC). The ACC has validated the program’s exceptional approach, including physician leadership, quality outcomes and team based clinical decision-making and care. TMCA’s TAVR program is the first in Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region, and the second in the nation, to achieve this official Certification.

The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve therapies. The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification are currently implementing best practices for evidence-based medicine to support patient-centered decision-making and can track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement. “The Medical Center of Aurora has demonstrated its commitment to providing the region with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award The Medical Center of Aurora with Transcatheter Valve Certification.”

Using a patient-centric philosophy, the multidisciplinary team of board certified cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac imaging specialist, and specialized advanced practice providers, employ a collaborative team-based approach to treating heart valve disorders. Our unique process provides a patient with heart valve disorders, who may be candidates for transcatheter or surgical  repair or replacement, to be seen in the TMCA Valve and Structural Heart Clinic, where a personal touch is delivered by a dedicated team to help navigate the procedural process and post procedural care.  TMCA’s physicians are trained to use state-of-the-art techniques and devices, such as a Cerebral Protection System,  to minimize the risk of stroke,  along with advanced diagnostic cardiac imaging to ensure patients receive the best possible care for their condition.

“I’m very proud of our team for this exceptional accomplishment,” said Dr. Jonathan Sherman, an interventional cardiologist with Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates and Medical Director of TMCA’s TAVR Program. “It’s no easy task to get through the ACC’s certification process,” he said. “Our team is dedicated to providing world class cardiovascular care and we have integrated quality initiatives, evidence-based and clinical best-practices, and the latest medical guidelines into our care processes.”

“Our team is very focused on outcomes and continually improving the care we provide,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “This is another step in our ongoing effort to optimize the care and outcomes of patients as we strive to be the Rocky Mountain region’s leader in cardiovascular services.”

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like The Medical Center of Aurora access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including transcatheter valve therapies.

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